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Spotlight on Business

Message from the Dean

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Dear Alumni and Friends: 

The Kent State College of Business Administration started the year off strong with a number of impactful events planned and significant achievements.

I am happy to share that Kent State University’s Online MBA program ranked among the top 100 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on its 2019 Best Online MBA Programs list.

In January, the college hosted the first Global Management Speaker Series of the year, presented by Citizens Bank and featuring Hyland CEO Bill Priemer. This event was held at the City Club of Cleveland, giving the college and current students an opportunity to connect with business partners and alumni in the area.

Authenica founder Craig Lucas ’86 presented the winter Michael D. Solomon Entrepreneurship Speaker Series in February, sharing his inspiring story and giving tips on succeeding through adversity.

The next few months will bring more impactful speakers and events to Kent State. I invite you to join us on campus for these events and learn how the college continues to make an impact.

Deborah Spake, Ph.D.

College Announcements

Citizen Bank

College of Business Administration to Host Annual Spirit of Women in Business Conference March 8

The Kent State College of Business Administration will host its annual Spirit of Women in Business Conference on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2019.

Paralympic medalist and bestselling author Bonnie St. John will serve as keynote speaker for the event and 5T Sports Group Founder Aileen McManamon, ’87, will deliver the luncheon keynote. Tina Floyd, ’03, will be honored with the Spirit of Women in Business Award.


Photo caption: Bonnie St. John

BizTech Talk

Third Annual CEBIpitch Competition to Showcase Student Entrepreneurs

Seven student-run businesses will have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of executive judges during the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation’s third annual CEBIpitch competition on Thursday, April 11.

Students will compete for $30,000 in cash prizes at the event. Learn more about the competition here.


Photo caption: The 2019 CEBIpitch finalists

CEBI Idea Pitch

Kent State’s Online MBA Program Ranks in Top 100 in Nation by U.S. News & World Report

Kent State University’s Online MBA program is ranked among the top 100 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on its 2019 Best Online MBA Programs list.

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CEBI Idea Pitch

Kent State Biz Tech Talk Event to Feature Kent State Alumna Shampa Banerjee

The Center for Information Systems welcomes Shampa Banerjee, Kent State Ph.D. graduate and chief product officer of Eros Digital at Eros International, as featured speaker for the Kent State Biz Tech Talk on Thursday, March 7.

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. in the Kent State University Student Center KIVA. A reception will follow in the adjacent Schwebel Room. Learn more and register to attend.



Photo caption: Shampa Banerjee, Ph.D.

Faculty News

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Marketing Professor Bob Jewell Publishes Research
on Secret Purchasing

Keeping brand consumption a secret is common practice, according to research conducted by Kent State marketing professor Bob Jewell, Ph.D. and published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Jewell, chair and professor of marketing at the Kent State College of Business Administration, along with colleague Veronica Thomas, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at Towson University, studied how consumers form connections with brands but do not want those connections known publicly.

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Alumni Spotlight

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Kent State Alumna Receives Prestigious Spirit of Women in Business Award

Tina Floyd, MBA ’03, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Foods for The J.M. Smucker Company, will return to Kent State University this spring. She is the recipient of the 2019 Spirit of Women in Business Award, presented by the College of Business Administration. Each year, the award is presented to an outstanding female alumna who excels in her profession, while paving the way for women in business.

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In the Headlines

Assistant professor of finance Lindsay Baran, Ph.D. interviewed in Marketplace podcast on economic history

Mark Whitmore, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and information systems, discusses fake news in Marketwatch

Upcoming Events

Mar 07

BizTech Talk

Thursday, 7 p.m., KIVA, Kent State Student Center

Mar 08

Spirit of Women in Business Conference

Friday, 8:30 a.m., Kent State Student Center

Apr 11

CEBIpitch Competition

Thursday, 3 p.m., Governace Chambers, Kent State Student Center

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